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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Mr. Bright Kwaesi" <>
Date: Fri, 12 Apr 2019 04:03:17 -0400
Subject: Hello!!

Best regards,

my name is Bright Kwaesi, I am 54 year old official of a bank in Ghana
with a long service experience.

I solicit your cooperation on behalf of an investor, to receive a deposit
of $7.5 million United States dollars in our suspense account for
investment in your country, with a 60 / 40 sharing benefits on the
revenue. I would make available to you necessary documentation, that would
facilitate your application as beneficiary of the funds. Funds would be
released to you once your details are verified by our compliance unit.

All arrangement will be done on your behalf to release the funds into your
account. Your information will be protected and handled privately with no
risk involved. Please get back to me for further clarifications and
directives on the process.Please contact me with this email address:

Your cooperation is highly appreciated

Mr Bright Kwaesi.

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